Mark Godfrey, age 37
2) Who do you support?
3) What was your first game?
Everton v Southampton Feb 1980. It was an FA Cup replay and we won 1-0 in extra-time. Even though I was only 4 years old I remember the game quite well.
4) What do you do for a job?
I’m a Clinical Specialist and Product Manager for a Brazilian company that manufactures implants and other therapeutic products for people with an eye disease called Keratoconus. I’ve worked in ophthalmology for many years having worked with lasers for over a decade.
5) Have you played/worked for any football clubs?
I had trials with Sunderland (and was at their School of Excellence) and Hearts when I was a teenager if that counts? I was lucky enough to play at a few different league grounds (Tynecastle, Roker Park, Meadow Lane)
6) How did you get into it?
I was a good player, so that’s how I got into it. I was a forward/right winger. I was lightning fast and could finish. My best season I scored 57 goals in a season. My strike partner scored 125! You wouldn’t think I was any good to look at me now!
7) What did you get out of it?
What did I get out of it? I think it improved my skills and I just loved playing football. It’s all I ever wanted to do. When I was a kid, I would leave the house after breakfast with my football and not come home until bedtime.
8) What advice would you give someone wanting to follow in your stud marks/footsteps?
In football, I would say do as you’re told by your coaches, learn to use both feet and practice, practice, practice. In work life, don’t go to University unless you’re doing a law, medical or teaching degree. There are so many people I know whose degree has been absolutely useless to them. Controversial? (GM: Fair comment, I wish I’d partied more and studied less, for all the good it’s done me. If you make good friends at university they’ll like as not stay your friends for life. I’ve forgotten most of what I learnt).
9) If you could do it all again what would you change?
I’d have made more of the talents I wasted.
10) Who’s your footballing hero?
So many….when I was a kid it was probably Gary Lineker, but I have loved watching Van Basten, Platini, Zidane and Messi since then. Plus any of the Everton side of 84-85.
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